My Local Broker is proud to announce the signing of a two-year partnership with Touch Victoria.
This new alliance will have a positive impact on all registered Victorian Touch players across the state, from Albert Park right through to Warrnambool. MLB will have a regular presence at local games, handing out giveaways and running competitions. Both parties are committed to helping the sporting code flourish and thrive, and their ultimate goal is to encourage more Victorians to become fit and active, while participating in friendly competition.
For those unfamiliar, Touch Football is a less contact version of Rugby league. Rather than laying a tackle, opposition players prevent scoring by touching the player with the ball and forcing the team to reset play. Teams are allowed six touches before the ball is turned over.
My Local Broker have also entered a team in the local mixed touch competition down at Albert Park. They have thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment and learning opportunities presented throughout their first season.
“There is such a great atmosphere down at the games every week,” says MLB CEO and team player, Jaci Smith.
“The competition is friendly, and the referees are so helpful and supportive. It’s a great team bonding activity. We're so excited to work closely with Touch Victoria and watch this new partnership grow.”
MLB already has strong ties to Rugby League, thanks to a close partnership with the Melbourne storm. The three parties will work together and create a number of joint initiatives (such as our Footy Homeloans product), all geared towards promoting and strengthening the local Touch and Rugby scenes.
We are currently running a competition to give away a signed Melbourne Storm jersey – see here for details on how to enter.
MY LOCAL BROKER SEASON REPORT
Earlier this year, on a cold May night, The My Local Broker touch team pulled on their crisp purple playing shirts for the very first time. Despite little to no touch football experience, the general expectation was that with a little practice, Grade F would be a breeze. Having had a successful social training session, spirits were high and the team was raring to get out on the field.
How quickly things changed.
When the team arrived at Albert Park, the generous Touch Victoria officials and referees were kind enough to give us a run down of the rules, which many of us were hearing for the very first time.
Trying to keep all of their tips and tactics in mind, we took the field and waited for the whistle. The other team pounced. They had two tries before we could even blink. Our defence lines were in shambles as we adopted the strategy of chasing the ball, not the man - which definitely did not translate well to this sporting code. As the minutes ticked by, we fell further behind. The on-field referees gave us constant advice and encouragement, in an attempt to boost our spirits.
Going into the main break 5 tries to none, we knew something had to change. The referee ran us through a half time drill, and pointed out the crucial flaws in our strategy. His observations were gold, and we went into the second half feeling slightly more confident.
Within minutes, one of our players found a gap and darted down to the white line. TRY! Our first of the season. We were elated - particularly because we would not have to return to the office the following day and inform our colleagues that we hadn't scored. High fives all round!
Of course, with seven seasons under their belt, our opposition was infinitely more experienced and composed, and finished the game off with a 9-1 demolition.
While this first game may have been a knock to our confidence, it was an enormous learning curve and set the (albeit low) bench mark for the season. We watched what the other team did successfully, and tried to absorb all the helpful information we were offered.
Throughout the following weeks, the team saw solid and steady improvement. While we did not have a huge impact the scoreboard, every other element of our game had improved in leaps and bounds. We braved the cold, wet and slippery conditions, we worked as a team, we held our positions and stayed in our channels, and we moved the ball with speed and a sense of urgency.
It wasn't until Round 8, on the 29th of June, that we tasted sweet, sweet victory. We finally found a way to fuse our improved skills, our newfound knowledge of the rules, and our continued efforts, and in the end we came away with a 4-3 win.
While this may have been our first and only win for the season, it certainly didn't feel that way. Each week, rain or
shine hail, every player took to the field and put in their best effort - and had a heap of fun doing so. In the final round, we came up against the same team that we versed in the season opener. The spirit, teamwork, and effervescence with which we played couldn't have been more different from our first encounter.
We scored the first try of the game, and the looks on our opponents faces were priceless. While they did run away with the game in the end, we felt like winners in our own right. We had a huge support squad, who were shouting encouragement and cheering from the sidelines and, thankfully, the rain held off. For a group of developers, writers, and graphic designers - we weren't half bad.
Every Wednesday night, for 12 weeks, we had the unique opportunity to bond with our workmates outside of the office, and to get fit and active while doing so.
We will use this off-season to train hard, study the rule book, and recruit more colleagues, before we come back in October for the Spring season - bigger, better and hungrier than ever.
If you are interested in playing Touch Football (and you live in Victoria), visit the Touch Victoria website to find out where you can play, and how to register.